Bill To Require Nevada Students To Learn Cursive


Cursive writing sheet
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A bill before the Nevada Legislature would require students to learn cursive writing.

If Republican Senator Don Gustavson has his way, every student in Nevada would be able to write in cursive.

Well, He introduced Senate Bill 287, which would require public and charter schools to teach students how to read and write cursive handwriting by the end of third grade.

Gustavson says students should learn cursive in order to read old letter and historical documents.

Clayton Markin, a legislative intern for Gustavson and a researcher for the bill told KPNR’s State of Nevada learning cursive handwriting improves motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

“I understand peoples’ initial (reluctance) to hearing cursive because people see it as a dying form of writing,” Markin said. “We are approaching cursive (handwriting) as more of an appropriate exercise than anything else.”

Cursive handwriting is currently optional for teachers in the Clark County School District. Several states including California and Tennessee legally require school districts to teach cursive writing.

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Clayton Markin, legislative intern and researcher to State Senator Don Gustavson.

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